Friday, 18 November 2011

Craft Night

This activity is now being held at the Grosse Ile School Community Room on Mondays @ 6:00pm.

Come out and enjoy an evening of fun and socializing!

Celtic Culture Comes Alive!

On November 25th & 26th, The College of Piping & Celtic Performing Arts of  Canada will be performing on the Islands.  Their show consists of bag piping, step dancing & the Highland dancing show. You will be captivated by the fast-paced feet of  the dancers, stirred by the sounds of the  pipes and drums! 

This event is made possible by the Grosse Ile Leisure Committee in collaboration with CAMI and the Community Learning Center (CLC) .

November 25th - Grosse Ile Gymnasium at 7:30pm
November 26th - Entry Island Community Hall at 1:30pm
Fee for the event will be: $15.00 per person

To find out more about these performers, please visit

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Public Consultation concerning Drilling Off Old Harry‏

There will be a public consultation concerning a premilary Environmental Stategic Evaluation (EES2) done by Genivar Biologist concerning the Hydrocarbone (Oil) drilling off Old Harry.

Please attend to voice your concerns and your opinions on the subject. Your opinions and concerns are very important.

This public consultation will take place at the Recreatif Center at Lavernière Wednesday November 9th at 7:00 p.m.

Monday, 26 September 2011

CAMI Joins this Year`s Shoreline Cleanup

CAMI, in collaboration with the Grosse-Ile School CLC (Community Learning Center), participated in this year`s Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup on September 22. Thirty two (32) students and community members joined in the effort to clean the garbage on Grosse-Ile North Beach. Ten bags of garbage, mostly comprising of plastics, were collected and sent to the waste processing plant.

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup takes place across the country every year in September. The participants fill out data cards while cleaning, which are sent to the Vancouver Aquarium for scientific research concerning ocean and waterway litter. For more information about the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, please visit:

CAMI provided hot dogs and juice to the volunteers after their work in the cleanup effort. Thank you to everyone who took the time to participate in the 2011 Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup!

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

CAMI will launch new website Oct. 19th

On Wednesday, October 19th, CAMI will launch it's new website with a workshop on how to navigate its pages.  This event will take place at 1:30pm in the Municipal community conference room.   Refreshments will be served.
Hope to see you all there!!

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Islanders Vote in Federal Elections

On Monday, May 2, 2011 Islanders returned to the polls to vote in federal elections.  The Gaspé-Magdalen Islands riding went to the NDP, with Philippe Toone taking office.
The majority of votes on the Island went to the Bloc Quebecois, with the NDP only gaining majority in one-tenth of the 70 voting stations on the Islands.  The two Anglophone communities of the Islands mainly voted Conservative.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

David Suzuki and George Stroumboulopoulos Visit the Islands

Friday, April 29, 2011 marked the arrival of David Suzuki and George Stroumboulopoulos to the Magdalen Islands as part of the attempt to stop oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.  Suzuki, a Canadian Environmentalist and host of CBC’s The Nature of Things and George Stroumboulopoulos, host of CBC’s the Hour, came to the Islands after a request from the St. Lawrence Coalition and the Quebec Chapter and the David Suzuki Foundation.

The weekend began with a 5 à 7 at the Galleries Bar Spectacle les Pas Perdus, where Suzuki addressed the audience about the importance of protecting their environment.  Oil and Gas exploration could potentially pollute the St. Lawrence Gulf and destroy the fishing industry of the Magdalen Islands.  When a member of the audience approached Dr. Suzuki for help in fighting the oil companies, Suzuki made it clear that we must help ourselves.  The Gulf is our home and it is very important that the people mobilize themselves.

On Saturday, David Suzuki and George Stroumboulopoulos toured the Island to speak to fishermen, the direct stakeholders in the Gulf.  The pair then arrived at Old Harry Beach, where a flag representing the five provinces of the Gulf was raised as a symbol of the importance of a gulf coalition to stop oil and gas exploration and exploitation in the Gulf.    

Les Iles en Forme Host Workshops in Grosse-Ile

Les Iles en Forme et en Santé, an initiative of Quebec en Forme, are currently targeting youth aged 0-17 to promote healthy eating and active living.  Sharla Goodwin, Registered Dietician, was contracted to do a series of workshops in Grosse-Ile to help reach the Anglophone youth. 

The first workshop was a nutritional presentation in Grosse-Ile School.  Sharla Goodwin educated the students on healthy eating habits and healthy alternatives to traditional “junk” food.  Following this presentation, a healthy lunch was provided for students and their parents, in order to also incorporate parents into the promotion of healthy eating.
The final workshop was held on Friday, April 29th in the community conference room to provide healthy eating information to community event providers.  It was stressed that offering healthy alternatives on traditional canteen menus could allow people to make healthier choices.  A chicken wrap, instead of a cheeseburger, significantly lowered caloric intake, fat intake and salt intake. 
Sharla Goodwin pointed out that if we want our children to eat healthier and be at a healthy weight, then we should offer them healthy food at community events.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Blessing of the Boats 2011

The Blessing of the Fleet by Revd's Brian and Wilma will take place at Grosse-Ile North Harbour on May 6th at 10:00 am.  and at Grand Entree Harbour along with Fr. Chester at 2:00pm .  There is a Mass at Grande Entree at 7:00 pm and all are invited. 

SADC in Partnership with CEDEC Magdalen Islands Office Host Youth Focus Group

A youth focus group targeting youth aged 16 to 30 was held in the Grosse-Ile community conference room on Wednesday, April 27, to better understand the current employment issues facing youth in the region.  The Société d`aide au développement de la collectivité des Iles-de-la-Madeleine (SADC) is currently conducting a study in order to identify and understand the needs and challenges of youth with regards to employment and labour market integration on the Magdalen Islands.  In partnership with CEDEC Magdalen Islands, the SADC conducted an Anglophone youth focus group to better understand the local youth situation.
A round table discussion took place with ten Anglophone youth voicing their present concerns regarding employment and integrating in the Magdalen Islands job market.  Issues concerning education, language training, gender, employment insurance, the fishing industry and entrepreneurship were discussed in order to collect information based on the feelings and opinions of youth. 
The data collected from a survey and from the youth focus group will be compiled into a report in the up-coming months.  The report will then be forwarded to various organizations and government departments, in hopes of ameliorating the current situation.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Hello From CAMI

In an attempt to keep our English-speaking community (ESC) informed, CAMI will begin publishing a blog for our community to visit, enjoy, and take part in.  If you have anything you wish to publish on our blog, please e-mail any information and photos to
Lets use the internet, the perfect tool to keep ourselves informed!